Everyday but definitely special
by Sophia Walk | Mar 22, 2014
Mexican variety of colors: For the stool "Banquitos" the designer Cecilia León de la Barra worked with colorful plastic ropes. Photo © Cecilia León de la Barra

Cecilia León de la Barra’s designs are deeply entrenched in traditional Mexican folk art, but with a contemporary, playful reinterpretation of colors, shapes and possible uses. Her design work is driven by inspiration from everyday life.

She varies her choice of materials: It ranges from lacquered aluminum, a swith her “Charola 2020” tray for Galeria Mexicana de Diseño, extends to painted ceramic tableware such as “Maíz de Mar” (in collaboration with ceramics maker Cerámica Noe Suro), through to her “Revistero Acapulco” newspaper rack, made of thread and wire and already featured in two shows in Mexico.

All her products share a zest for color and a graphic idiom. This is especially clear in her furniture: colored plastic wickerwork and resembling two-dimensional drawings when viewed from afar. Or her tiles collection, which CLB created for a market in Mexico City, designed by Michel Rojkind. The lively tiled floor seems decidedly three-dimensional thanks to her take on traditional Mexican patterns with modern colors.

Everyday life offers Cecilia León de la Barra a treasure trove of inspiration, each day anew. And it is therefore only logical that all her objects are always fit for everyday use.

For the traditional ceramic manufacturer Ceramica Noe Suro Cecilia León de la Barra painted the tableware collection "Maiz de Mar". Photo © Cecilia León de la Barra
The colors and the graphical character are trademarks of CLB’s products. Photo left © Tomás Casademunt, Photo right © Cecilia León de la Barra
From the observations of everyday life CLB draws the ideas for her products, which in turn are then also suitable for everyday use. Photo © Cecilia León de la Barra
For the public market "Mercado Roma" by Michel Rojkind, CLB designed floor tiles. Photo © Cecilia León de la Barra